|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
The song grew faint and fainter, and through the silence crept back the spirit
of the place. The stream once more drowsed and whispered; the hum of the
mountain bees rose sleepily. Down through the perfume-weighted air fluttered
the snowy fluffs of the cottonwoods. The butterflies drifted in and out among
the trees, and over all blazed the quiet sunshine. Only remained the
hoof-marks in the meadow and the torn hillside to mark the boisterous trail of
the life that had broken the peace of the place and passed on.
"IT is my right to know," the girl said.
Her voice was firm-fibred with determination. There was no hint of pleading in
it, yet it was the determination that is reached through a long period of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Love and Friendship by Jane Austen:
too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and myself--We fainted
alternately on a sofa.
LETTER the 9th
From the same to the same
Towards the close of the day we received the following Letter
"Sir Edward is greatly incensed by your abrupt departure; he has
taken back Augusta to Bedfordshire. Much as I wish to enjoy
again your charming society, I cannot determine to snatch you
Love and Friendship
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith:
MRS. HARDCASTLE. Lord, Mr. Hardcastle, you're for ever at your
Dorothys and your old wifes. You may be a Darby, but I'll be no Joan,
I promise you. I'm not so old as you'd make me, by more than one good
year. Add twenty to twenty, and make money of that.
HARDCASTLE. Let me see; twenty added to twenty makes just fifty and
MRS. HARDCASTLE. It's false, Mr. Hardcastle; I was but twenty when I
was brought to bed of Tony, that I had by Mr. Lumpkin, my first
husband; and he's not come to years of discretion yet.
HARDCASTLE. Nor ever will, I dare answer for him. Ay, you have
She Stoops to Conquer
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Ann Veronica by H. G. Wells:
I could bolt for it. . . . Silly, isn't it? Undisciplined."
He went to the window and fidgeted with the blind, looking out to
where the tree-tops of Regent's Park showed distantly over the
houses. He turned round toward her and found her looking at him
and standing very still.
"It's the stir of spring," he said.
"I believe it is."
She glanced out of the window, and the distant trees were a froth
of hard spring green and almond blossom. She formed a wild
resolution, and, lest she should waver from it, she set about at
once to realize it. "I've broken off my engagement," she said,